Seth: Challenges set up in our past lives
Story by: Jane Roberts
“As you know yourselves; you only accept those suggestions, ideas, and hang-ups that suit your purposes at this time. You are not, therefore, at the mercy of any neurosis from a past life, nor are there any fears from your present lives you cannot conquer. I have not said that you will necessarily conquer them, but it is within your ability to do so.
The decision is your own according to your understanding. You cannot be hounded from one level of reality to another by a fear that you do not understand. You cannot be threatened in this life by fears from your early childhood, or by so-called past existences, unless you so thoroughly believe in the nature of fear that you allow yourselves to be conquered by it. Each of your personalities are free to accept and develop, from the miraculous banks of reality, those experiences and emotions that you want, and to reject those you do not want.
Let me give you an example that each of you can use in your own way.
Suppose the worst, that in this life you have the following
You are poor, you are of a minority race, you are not intellectual, you are a woman, you have a severe physical defect and you are no beauty. Now you set these challenges for yourself in a so-called past life. This does not mean that you cannot use all of your courage and resolution to solve these problems. You set them in the hope that you WILL solve them.
You did not set them like millstones about your neck, hoping ahead of time that you would drown.
All you have to do is realize your own freedom. You form the reality that you know, not esoterically, not symbolically, and not philosophically.
Some great over soul doesn’t form it for you- you cannot put the burden there, either. You have in the past, collectively and individually, blamed a god or a fate for the nature of your personal realities- those aspects, indeed that you did not like.
The personality is given the greatest gift of all; you get exactly
what you want to get. You create from nothing the experience that is your
own. If you do not like your experience, then look within yourself
and change it. But realize also that you are responsible for your joys
and triumphs, and that the energy to create any of these realities comes
from the inner self. What you do with it is up to the individual
Seth, from ‘Seth Speaks’ (Jane Roberts)
And for Dessert
“There must be an open-minded, and openhearted attitude here. You must not try to use what you have learned in a narrow, limiting way. This hampers your own development. It closes your eyes to many possibilities that will be important to you. It is natural, perhaps, to want to use what you have learned, this information, as a technique to achieve what you at any particular time think desirable, a particular person, a particular thing. But what is important is the inner development. If this is taken care of, it will automatically lead you to the person that is best for you and to the circumstances that will help you develop. To insist that a specific individual or a specific goal be attained through these methods is limiting. There must always be the acknowledgement that you do not consciously as yet realize the depths of yourself, the goals you have set and the challenges, and this material should be used to open up your inner horizons and to lead you in those directions toward which your inner self has already set you. If you then egotistically, say – No – this particular situation is what I want, then you may be blocking the inner direction which has been meant for you.”
Seth (Jane Roberts) from The Early Sessions, Book 8